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Winter 2009 | Vol. 12 | No. 1

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Emergency Nurses Association Reviews State Highway Safety Laws

The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) released a report examining which states have or are lacking in a variety of lifesaving highway safety laws. ENA hopes their 2008 National Scorecard on State Roadway Laws: A Blueprint for Injury Prevention will motivate policy-makers, opinion-leaders and the general public to take a more active role in advocating for effective vehicle safety programs.

The scorecard assesses all states and the District of Columbia based on whether they have laws that fit specific criteria, including primary enforcement belt laws, booster seat laws, GDL laws, motorcycle helmet laws and ignition interlock laws. ENA also looked at whether a state had given the proper officials the authority to develop, maintain and evaluate a state trauma system.

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ENA Past President Donna Mason announced the release of the report at a news conference in Washington DC. Joined by NTSB Member Debbie Hersman and Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety Vice President Jackie Gillan, Mason reported that only two states-Oregon and Washington-received the best possible scores on the ENA report. Both states met all 13 criteria.

The report commends states that have enacted new safety laws since ENA's first scorecard in 2006 and encourages groups to continue to push for enactment of more lifesaving laws.

The full report is available on the ENA website at